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The spy in our living room #662974
18/09/20 08:38 PM
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My son has a theory that his phone is listening to him. That is, as well as his internet browsing habits being monitored by Google, Facebook et al, they also listen in via your mobile apps. He decided to test the theory by talking at intervals about a random object, specifically dog toys. We don't own a dog and he was studious in never searching for dog toys online, just talking about them. If he started getting adverts for dog toys it would confirm his theory.

I have to say I was sceptical, but completely forgot about it until a couple of days ago when I bought an indoor TV aerial from Amazon and received this...

[Linked Image]

Then I remembered that I have an Alexa enabled Fire Stick connected to the TV set, which is logged in to my Amazon account. Spooky, and quite worrying.

We are going to repeat the experiment with a different item.


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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Ian Wegg] #662986
18/09/20 10:07 PM
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That is interesting if not a little concerning, it will be good to hear the outcome of your second trial.


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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Ian Wegg] #662991
18/09/20 10:45 PM
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Back in the 80s we tracked people by their credit card, bank spending usage as well as BT being very obliging and the good old fashioned tailing. Today it is so much easier with all the modern technology, you have to remember that as soon as you generate an electrical impulse signal either via voice command or pressing a button or just having cell phone/ television/ computer turned on you are traceable. The good news is that there are trillions of data bytes being generated every minute of everyday so you will remain anonymous to the human intelligence services unless you do something wrong or are connected to someone who is "interesting" to the authorities. Of course you are not anonymous to the many computer systems that you are linked to whether you know it or not, they of course automatically learn about you and target you accordingly, which is what you are experiencing. You can worry about it but it wont go away or you can just get on with life as I do and keep receiving Viagra adverts, how do they know?

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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Ian Wegg] #662997
19/09/20 04:49 AM
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You can be shure therapy is in your house.

In German TV was a report that Alexa has ears which tells other poeple what you say.

My wife look for B&Bs at booking.com. Only a few days later I get an email (I get a booking.com newsletter) „visit the town Xy“.

As I‘m fanatic with bicycles I look around for parts. Some onlineshops and EBay. Regularly I get popup news when there is a part in sale
which was on the list some time ago.

René


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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Ian Wegg] #663003
19/09/20 07:10 AM
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My niece has a friend called Alexa. They have accidentally bought a few things from amazon when their device thought Alexa’s mum was talking to it rather than to her daughter.

I don’t have one of these devices, yet I too seem to get hit with adverts for stuff I’ve talked about but have not searched for online.


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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Ian Wegg] #663006
19/09/20 07:32 AM
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We had a thing with Alexa in it. It now sits, back in its box, in the loft. It was beyond irritating and as you say, it seemed to trigger ads on Google...

We had a car called Mercedes.. yes, to activate the MBUX system you have to say "mercedes". There is no alternative. My wife has a friend called Mercedes: that showed how stupid Daimler Benz were to use a reasonably common girls name as the voice activation key. The car has gone, replaced by a slightly older car without this feature, and without a touch screen.

I have three cars that have neither touch screens nor voice activated controls and that is how it will stay.


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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Ian Wegg] #663010
19/09/20 08:17 AM
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I'm afraid it's the times we live in. I was watching a programme about a year ago about online security and the expert stated that most people that up to date security, for Computers/I Pads/Phones etc but unfortunately fraudsters will gain access to your home via your TV/Fridge or kettle! Scary times!

My friend who works for his IT department and deals with Security online gave me one bit of advice. Anything that comes to you online and you are not expecting it - delete it straight away. I never accept anything from my bank/Building society etc as even the experts get caught out. I generally believe that one day we will go back to how things use to be done because online will be so corrupt!

This will of course be about 10 years from now, so that the wheel can be re-invented!


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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Peter J] #663012
19/09/20 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Peter J


We had a car called Mercedes.. yes, to activate the MBUX system you have to say "mercedes". There is no alternative. My wife has a friend called Mercedes: that showed how stupid Daimler Benz were to use a reasonably common girls name as the voice activation key. The car has gone, replaced by a slightly older car without this feature, and without a touch screen.




Of course, the name came from Mercedes Jellinek, who was the daughter of Gottlieb Daimler’s marketing guy. Daft that you can’t change the activation word mind you.


Giles. Mogless in Paris.
Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Ian Wegg] #663013
19/09/20 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Ian Wegg
My son has a theory that his phone is listening to him. That is, as well as his internet browsing habits being monitored by Google, Facebook et al, they also listen in via your mobile apps. He decided to test the theory by talking at intervals about a random object, specifically dog toys. We don't own a dog and he was studious in never searching for dog toys online, just talking about them. If he started getting adverts for dog toys it would confirm his theory.

I have to say I was sceptical, but completely forgot about it until a couple of days ago when I bought an indoor TV aerial from Amazon and received this...

[Linked Image]

Then I remembered that I have an Alexa enabled Fire Stick connected to the TV set, which is logged in to my Amazon account. Spooky, and quite worrying.

We are going to repeat the experiment with a different item.


Sat here exhausted and broken hearted, been sat up all night chanting ‘Rachel Riley, Rachel Riley and still waiting for her to knock on the door.......

You guys give useless information 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

BR
Colin


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Re: The spy in our living room [Re: Spanner Juggler] #663016
19/09/20 08:41 AM
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[/quote]

Sat here exhausted and broken hearted, been sat up all night chanting ‘Rachel Riley, Rachel Riley and still waiting for her to knock on the door.......

You guys give useless information 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

BR
Colin
[/quote]

Nice one Colin
rofl


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